Upping the ante against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged comment that he suggested that clouds and rain can prevent Pakistani radars from detecting Indian fighter jets during Balakot air strike, former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said BJP’s ability to suspend logic in its quest to win another term is mind numbingly fatuous.
Alleging that it is no secret that Balakot strikes failed to hit the intended target, Ms Mufti said it was because PM overruled the advice of IAF and authorised airstrikes in bad weather.
‘No secret that Balakot strikes failed to hit the intended target. Was it because PM overruled the advice of IAF & authorised airstrikes in bad weather? Cloud cover logic is painfully embarrassing. Remind me again, why is RG derided as Pappu?’ Ms Mufti, who is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief , wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
‘I was raked over the coals for questioning veracity of Balakot strikes. But seeing Pak media & journos troll PM on cloud gaffe is awfully embarrassing. BJPs ability to suspend logic in its quest to win another term is mind numbingly fatuous. Our armed forces don’t deserve this,’ she added.
‘The weather suddenly turned bad, there were clouds… heavy rain. There was a doubt about whether we can go in the clouds. During a review (of the Balakot plan), by and large the opinion of experts was – what if we change the date. I had two issues in mind. One was secrecy… second, I said I am not someone who knows the science. I said there is so much cloud and rain. There is a benefit. I have a raw wisdom, the clouds can benefit us too. We can escape the radar. Everyone was confused. Ultimately I said there are clouds… let’s proceed,” PM Modi said in an interview to a national news channel.
Mr Modi’s account of the strikes was tweeted from the ruling BJP’s official handle in Gujarat. ‘The weather was not good on the day of airstrikes. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that day of strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds can actually help our planes escape the radars,” the tweet read.
The tweet was later deleted though Abdullah tweeted a screenshot of the tweet along with the text which read, ‘Looks like the tweet got lost in the clouds. Luckily, there are screen shots floating around to help.